Things That Might Have Happened
2007, Tour book and audio cd
Things That Might Have Happened is an exploration of the past, present and future of the Chelsea Piers, specifically Segment 4, from Horatio Street to Clarkson Street, including the highly contested Pier 45, or the Christopher Street Pier. As part of the Conflux festival exploring psychogeography in New York City, Richard James Supa Jr. and James Mayhew chose to explore the uses of the pier, both past and present, and how people feel about the changes being made and what, if any changes should come to the area. Things That Might Have Happened is a self-guided audio and visual tour allowing each participant to delve into various possibilities, suggestions, ideas and thoughts on the future of the piers. The viewer participant is even asked to suggest their own ideas as to what they believe are necessary for their enjoyment of the public space. Over 20 new proposals were made for the area and were hand drawn on transparancy paper with a correspdonding photo beneath the drawing to act as a map to different areas in and around the pier. Things That Might Have Happened hopes to become on ongoing discussion through the internet with space available for posts and blogging.
The piers near the West Village have had a great significance in the history of the GLBTTSQQ community. From the boom of the Gay Liberation movement in the late sixties to the renovation of the pier in the mid-nineties, to now, this space has always been a place that has been used primarily by certain sectors of GLBTTSQQ people. In more recent years, the pier and the immediate area around it have become a contested space, pitting the people who hang out at it and the people who live near it against each other. TTMHH will provide a tour of things that may have happened with this space, and will make proposals for use of the piers at present through a historical perspective. Through images that are juxtaposed over the space at the speculation on what could have happened at the Christopher Street Piers from the angle of the various groups that have affected the history and use of this space. Who controls, or gains control of public space? How have the piers changed? Why? And When?